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  • California’s Water – Energy Relationship

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    California’s Water – Energy Relationship

    California Energy Commission | November 1, 2005...
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    This is an urgent time of both challenge and opportunity. The primary finding of this paper is that a major portion of the...

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  • California’s Water: Energy and Water

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    California’s Water: Energy and Water

    Public Policy Institute of California | October 1, 2016...
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    Energy and water use in the state are interconnected yet managed separately. This brief describes the synergies and tradeoffs between the two sectors...

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  • Climate Change and Water Supply Security: Reconfiguring Groundwater Management to Reduce Drought Vulnerability

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    Climate Change and Water Supply Security: Reconfiguring Groundwater Management to Reduce Drought Vulnerability

    California Energy Commission | July 31, 2012...
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    Periodic droughts, projected to become more frequent and severe with climate change, present a significant planning challenge for California’s water agencies. This research...

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  • Connecting the dots between water, energy, food, and ecosystems issues for Integrated Water Management in a changing climate

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    Connecting the dots between water, energy, food, and ecosystems issues for Integrated Water Management in a changing climate

    California Department of Water Resources (DWR) | March 7, 2017...
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    Global climate change creates critical challenges through increasing temperature, reducing snowpack, and changing precipitation for water, energy, and food, as well as for...

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  • Desalination Plant Entrainment Impacts and Mitigation

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    Desalination Plant Entrainment Impacts and Mitigation

    California State Water Resources Control Board | October 9, 2013...
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    Raw seawater is used for a variety of purposes, including as source water for desalination plants and to cool coastal power plants. Raw...

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  • Energizing Water Efficiency: California Energy Sector Experiences Can Advance State’s Water Conservation and Efficiency

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    Energizing Water Efficiency: California Energy Sector Experiences Can Advance State’s Water Conservation and Efficiency

    Pacific Institute | December 29, 2013...
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    As a dry December accentuates the stress on California’s limited water supplies, the success of the state’s energy sector in implementing efficiency programs...

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  • Energy Down the Drain: The Hidden Costs of California’s Water Supply

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    Energy Down the Drain: The Hidden Costs of California’s Water Supply

    Pacific Institute, Natural Resources Defense Council | August 24, 2004...
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    As California’s electricity demand sets record highs and the Southwest is parched by drought, Energy Down the Drain: The Hidden Cost of California’s Water Supply by...

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  • Impacts of the California Drought from 2007 to 2009: Surprising Outcomes for California’s Agriculture, Energy, and Environment

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    Impacts of the California Drought from 2007 to 2009: Surprising Outcomes for California’s Agriculture, Energy, and Environment

    Pacific Institute | June 16, 2011...
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    California’s three-year drought, which ended with this season’s cool and wet weather, had complicated and serious impacts that have been poorly understood and...

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  • Middle Santa Ana River Watershed TMDL Task Force

    Middle Santa Ana River Watershed TMDL Task Force

    Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA) | July 5, 2018...
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    The Task Force is an 18-agency collaborative effort organized by the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority. It was formed in January 2006 to...

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  • Pricing Practices in the Electricity Sector to Promote Conservation and Efficiency: Lessons for the Water Sector

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    Pricing Practices in the Electricity Sector to Promote Conservation and Efficiency: Lessons for the Water Sector

    Pacific Institute | September 11, 2013...
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    Because water utilities are dependent on the sale of water to recoup costs, reduced sales can result in deficits – and per capita...

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  • The Water Footprint of California’s Energy System, 1990–2012

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    The Water Footprint of California’s Energy System, 1990–2012

    Pacific Institute | February 1, 2015...
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    A new article by Julian Fulton and  Heather Cooley  evaluates the amount of water consumed in meeting California’s energy needs – also referred...

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  • Water and Energy Sector Vulnerability to Climate Warming in the Sierra Nevada: Simulating the Regulated Rivers of California’s West Slope Sierra Nevada

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    Water and Energy Sector Vulnerability to Climate Warming in the Sierra Nevada: Simulating the Regulated Rivers of California’s West Slope Sierra Nevada

    California Energy Commission | August 7, 2012...
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    Climate warming is expected to affect the beneficial uses of water in the Sierra Nevada, impacting nearly every resident of California. This paper...

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  • Water and Energy Sector Vulnerability to Climate Warming in the Sierra Nevada: Water Year Classification in Non?Stationary Climates

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    Water and Energy Sector Vulnerability to Climate Warming in the Sierra Nevada: Water Year Classification in Non?Stationary Climates

    California Energy Commission | July 31, 2012...
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    This paper explores the sensitivity of water indexing methods to climate change scenarios to better understand how water management decisions and allocations will...

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  • Water-Energy Synergies: Coordinating Efficiency Programs in California

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    Water-Energy Synergies: Coordinating Efficiency Programs in California

    Pacific Institute | September 4, 2013...
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    All forms of energy – from hydropower to solar panels – use water to extract and process the fuels, construct the processing facilities,...

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  • WESim – The Water-Energy Simulator – Helps Water and Energy Managers Plan for Change

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    WESim – The Water-Energy Simulator – Helps Water and Energy Managers Plan for Change

    Pacific Institute | July 5, 2012...
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    The Water–Energy Simulator (WESim) is an easy-to-use analytical tool that can be used to evaluate the energy and greenhouse gas implications of water...

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